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Finding Joy in Play Beyond the School Day

As we enter the winter season, I am reminded of the importance of joy. Finding Joy drives much of our work as staff here at Catherine Nichols Gunn school and we hope to share this joy with students every day. As I think about where we most often see joy in our students, I become aware of joy in the moments they feel success as students, and most often- when they are in play with their peers. I am hoping then, to speak about an aspect of our students' lives that holds immense importance but sometimes is not given enough time within the hustle and bustle of daily routines – the value of playing outside of school hours. 
In our quest for academic excellence and holistic development, it is crucial to recognize the pivotal role that friends play outside of school hours, especially in person and outdoors, in the overall well-being of our children. I believe it is essential for us as a community to foster an environment that encourages and celebrates the joy of unstructured play beyond the confines of our school days. 
Play is not just a means of entertainment; it is a powerful tool for learning and growth. When children engage in play with their peers, they develop crucial social skills such as communication, cooperation, and conflict resolution. These experiences lay the foundation for strong interpersonal relationships and contribute to the formation of a positive and inclusive community. 
Moreover, the benefits of outdoor play are extensive. In the age of digital technology and screen-based activities, it is more important than ever to encourage our students to step outside, breathe in the fresh air, and engage in physical activities. Outdoor play promotes physical fitness, enhances gross motor skills, and fosters a connection with nature, instilling a sense of environmental stewardship. 
Through imaginative play, problem-solving, and creative exploration, children develop critical thinking skills and resilience. These experiences are invaluable, laying the groundwork for future academic success and personal growth. 
As we prepare for our winter break, I urge parents, guardians, and caregivers to actively support and facilitate opportunities for their children to play with friends outside of school. Whether it's a trip to the local park, a playdate with classmates, or a weekend family outing, these moments of unstructured play contribute significantly to the well-rounded development of our students. 
Thank you for your continued support in fostering a nurturing and enriching environment for our students. ​
Linda Doyle, Principal
Catherine Nichols Gunn School

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Catherine Nichols Gunn School

6625 4 St NE Calgary, AB, T2K 5C7
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